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RE: Kenyan Neonate Care

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Posted by: sstephenson at Wed Oct 5 18:00:06 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by sstephenson ]  
   

This is my first year with multiple Kenyan litters, so please defer to those with more experience. Since no one else has put their 2 cents in yet, I will. Placing the neonates in a deli cup with a moistened paper towel certainly seems to make for a quick and easy first shed. I place the cup about 1/3 over the heat tape on one of my racks to keep them warm, and the usually shed in a few days.


One other tip that may come in handy some day. In a couple litters I've had a number of babies that just didn't want to eat no matter what I tried. I ended up losing a few. I tried "cupping" them as many suggest (placing them in a bare-bottomed deli cup with a pinky overnight), but I still had little success. I accidentally discovered later that by placing some substrate (I use sani-chips, others prefer sand) in the deli cup and allowing them to bury themselves improved my success rate considerably with these stubborn feeders. I guess they just need to let their "ambush" instinct work for them to stimulate their appetites.


   

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